Some residents in Northern California are returning home after evacuation orders for the Caldor Fire were downgraded.
Lighter winds and higher humidity continue to reduce the spread of flames, and fire crews were quick to take advantage by doubling down on burning and cutting fire lines around the Caldor Fire. "The incident continues to look better and better every day," Tim Burton, an operations chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, told firefighters at a Saturday briefing. "A large part of that is due to your hard work as well as the weather cooperating in the last week or so." Mandatory evacuation orders on the Nevada side of the state line were lifted, but some areas remained on a warning status. Douglas County authorities urged residents to stay alert, saying the fire still has the potential to threaten homes, according to ABC7.
The Caldor Fire, burning near Lake Tahoe, has consumed some 216,646 acres and is 49% contained. Most of South Lake Tahoe had been evacuated because of the fire.